Tag:Ken Hamlin
Posted on: December 1, 2010 2:06 pm

Hot Routes 12.1.10 holidays mean fighting injury

Hot Routes

Posted by Andy Benoit

Jerry Jones does not believe (publicly) that Marion Barber’s time with the Cowboys is nearing an end.

The Packers now have 13 players on Injured Reserve after shutting down LB Brandon Chillar and TE Spencer Havner for the season.

With Le’Ron McClain (ankle) injured, the Ravens signed former Bears fullback Jason McKie. Safety Ken Hamlin was waived to make room for McKie.

The Ravens are 6-1 at home against the Steelers since 2003. Half of those six wins have come in overtime.

Drew Stanton is likely to start for Detroit against Chicago this Sunday. So much for a trap game upset.

Not that the rabid sports fans of Miami notice or care, but it’s a little ironic that the Browns play the Dolphins on the same week that LeBron returns to Cleveland.

Jaguars LT Eugene Monroe passed his concussion test (we hear he actually got an A- on the thing). The athletic second-year pro should return to the lineup this week.

Part of the drawback of Thursday games is that it leaves less time for injured players to get ready. That appears to be the case with Eagles cornerback Asante Samuel.

The Seahawks signed David Hawthorne to an extension through 2011. They got the underrated linebacker at a bargain price.

The Bucs chose to release Sabby Piscitelli rather than let him fill-in for injured starter Cody Grimm. Ouch – Piscitelli was a second-round pick in ’07. Looks like Corey Lynch will now get a chance to start.

The ratings for the Cardinals-Niners Monday night game were, as expected, awful. But would you believe that an awful rating for the NFL these days is still an 8.1? MLB and NBA playoff games don’t come close to pulling in that kind of number.

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Posted on: September 29, 2010 10:15 am
Edited on: September 29, 2010 11:52 am

Ravens release Trevor Pryce

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

In a somewhat surprising move, the Ravens announced this morning that they’ve cut DE Trevor Pryce, the team’s sack leader last year, and have re-signed S Ken Hamlin.

Perhaps Pryce should have known his roster spot was in trouble when he took a $2.5 million paycut before the season. He hadn’t played as much this year, and he only recorded a single assisted tackle in the team’s first three games.

Cory Redding had moved ahead of him on the depth chart, and DT Brandon McKinney has been playing well. Although Redding suffered a concussion last Sunday – another reason the release of Pryce is a surprise – expect rookie NT Terrence Cody to be active for the first time in his career when the team faces the Steelers on Sunday.

Considering the 35-year-old Pryce has slowed down considerably, today might have been Pryce’s last day in an NFL locker room.

For his career, Pryce totaled 90 sacks, the fourth-most among active players and the 34th-best number in NFL history.

UPDATE (10:22 a.m.):
According to a Pro Football Talk source, the Ravens could have dumped Pryce simply to make room for Hamlin. That means the team might re-sign Pryce next week.

UPDATE (11:35 a.m.): During his meeting with the media today, Harbaugh said it was a high possibility Pryce would be back with the team.

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Posted on: July 20, 2010 10:16 am
Edited on: July 20, 2010 10:49 am

Ed Reed might be out until October

There is speculation that Ravens safety Ed Reed could miss the first six games of the regular season due to his arduous recovery from hip surgery. Jamison Hensley of the Baltimore Sun writes:
E. Reed
The Pro Bowl safety is almost a certainty to start training camp on PUP. In fact, it would be surprising to see Reed play in the preseason. He recently said he is 35 percent recovered from offseason hip surgery. The most likely scenario is placing Reed on the Reserve PUP at the start of the regular season, which would mean he misses at least the first six weeks.

Reed, who turns 32 in early September, has battled hip and neck pain in recent years. The future Hall of Famer contemplated retirement back in spring. Reed’s iffy status comes as no surprise to the Ravens. As insurance, they signed hard hitting but undisciplined former Cowboys free safety Ken Hamlin.

-- Andy Benoit

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Category: NFL
Posted on: June 23, 2010 6:09 pm

Hamlin with something to prove

Newly-signed Ravens S Ken Hamlin told the Baltimore Sun last week that he has nothing to prove. I look at that statement, and I shake my head in wonder. Nothing to prove? Hell, Hamlin has everything to prove.

“I play at a high level,” Hamlin told the paper. “You’re never going to get the numbers that you want stat-wise. I know what I bring to a team. I know the type of player that I am.”

Sure, he used to play at a high level. That’s something on which we can agree. He was a Pro Bowler in 2007 after amassing five interceptions, 15 passes defended and 62 tackles. He was good the year before when he played for Seattle. But the past two seasons in Dallas, his interception totals dropped (one pick in 28 games), and the Cowboys cut him in April because he wasn’t worth the cost.

Hamlin has said that you can’t just look at the stats to show how he played.

So, Hamlin thinks he has nothing to prove, but I say Hamlin needs to prove he can still play at a high level. He needs to prove whether he can work his way into the starting lineup if FS Ed Reed decides to retire. He needs to prove whether he can help what continues to be a pretty good Ravens defense.

Hamlin isn’t sure what his role on this year’s squad will be, but he’d be a good bet to back up Reed, who will turn 32 in September, and play insurance man in case the oft-injured FS can’t recover from his ailments. The official Ravens web site, though, questions whether Hamlin could beat out Tom Zbikowski (who started the four games Reed was out last season) for the starting job in case Reed doesn’t play. So, yeah, Hamlin has something to prove.

“While Hamlin could affect Zbikowski’s playing time because both largely play free safety,” Mike Duffy writes, “Zbikowski is far ahead of Hamlin when it comes to knowledge of the Ravens’ defense.”

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: June 16, 2010 10:40 pm

Ravens Expected to Add a DB

The Ravens recently had defensive backs Walt Harris, Ken Lucas and Ken Hamlin in for a visit. John Harbaugh said he expects the team to sign “at least one of those guys”.

Harris, a cornerback, will be 36 in August. He tore his ACL last November. Lucas struggled mightily as Seattle’s No. 2 corner last season. He’s only 31, but age doesn’t matter when your confidence gets permanently shaken.

It’s surprising that Hamlin hasn’t drawn more interest since being cut by the Cowboys. He was a Pro Bowler just two years ago and is still in his twenties. His awareness in coverage doesn’t match his hitting ability, but that’s not to say he can’t be a decent starter (or certainly a fantastic dime back). The Ravens most need help at corner, but Hamlin is the best player in this trio.

--Andy Benoit

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